Galena Mining has set its sights on beginning construction at the Abra base metals project in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia this year, with first production to begin in 2023.
The company announced that engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor GR Engineering Services (GRES) has mobilised to site to commence plant construction works for the processing plant and certain associated infrastructure at its Abra base metals mine (Abra).
GRES’ mobilisation for the commencement of onsite construction works is an important milestone in the fulfilment of its EPC works under the $79.5 million guaranteed maximum price contract for the supply of Abra’s 1.2 million tonne per annum lead sulphide flotation processing plant and certain associated infrastructure.
It comes as the company’s detailed engineering design works and procurement actions are now 38 per cent and 35 per cent complete respectively.
Galena managing director Tony James said he was pleased to see the EPC contractor mobilise to Abra on schedule.
“Having partnered with us for many years since the study phase, they know our project very well and it’s a great to see their ongoing support get to the site works stage,” he said.
Clearing and pad preparation for the processing plant at the project have been undertaken by Red Dust Holdings under the company’s supervision and are now 75 per cent complete.
The Abra project is 60 per cent owned by Galena and is a globally significant lead-silver project located between the towns of Newman and Meekatharra, approximately 110 km from Sandfire’s DeGrussa project.
Galena completed an outstanding definitive/bankable feasibility study (FS) for development of an underground mine and processing facility to produce a high-value, high-grade lead-silver concentrate.
A final investment decision to complete the project was made in June 2021 and construction is ongoing to reach first commercial ore production at the start of 2023.